Trauma In Football

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Football can be a physically brutal game. Physical collisions between players are a common part of any regular game. Recently, there's been a buzz surrounding the "concussion crisis". Research has shown that playing football for a long period of time leads to serious injuries on the body and most importantly, the head. The headlines are scary, but not as scary as the long term effects these players will have to deal with. An estimated 43,000 to 67,000 players endure a concussion during every high school football season, though because many such injuries go unreported, that number may well exceed 100,000. In the course of a game, football players will undergo a number of collisions, a majority of these collisions involving their heads. The…show more content…
In 2007, it was confirmed that Mike Webster's brain damage was caused by playing football. Also, former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon is suffering from early-stage dementia. When asked about his condition, he stated that while he appreciates what football has done for him, if he could do it over, he would play baseball. In an interview that was aired back in September 2012, the 53-year-old McMahon said he knows where he's going when in an airport. But when he meets people, "I'm asking two minutes later, 'Who was that?'" It was also reported that he had trouble remembering his way to the gas station and couldn't tie his own shoes. The main concern for concussions is treatment, if untreated it could damage their brains and leave them with long term effects such as dementia and depression. Some cases similar to that of Andre Waters, can leave to suicide. A study found that the risk of depression in retired players was twice as high in players who had suffered concussions as those who had not. That number went up to three times the risk in former players who had suffered five concussions or more. Raising awareness and catching the symptoms of a concussion from the start, could be the first step to solving the…show more content…
That may be the wrong question. It's not as simple as how many concussions someone's had -- it's total brain trauma that matters. Linemen who've had almost no concussions have the majority of cases of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, because on every play they get their brains rattled, trying to block with their head. Because of the scary long term affects that this sport can cause to the brain, in 2011, the NFL set rules to determine whether an athlete who's taken a powerful hit and sustained a concussion will be benched or sent back into the game. Guidelines include checking the player's symptoms, attention, memory, and balance, starting immediately, on the

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